Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Chocolove 70% Dark

imageChocolove is the chocolate for lovers ... or the chocolate for chocolate lover, or something like that. Whatever or whomever you’re supposed to love, Chocolove has the tools. Each bar is wrapped like a mash note and a love poem inside the outer paper (this one was an excerpt from Dream Love by Christina Rossetti).

Nothing says deep infatuation than Chocolove’s Strong Dark Belgian 70% dark chocolate.

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The bar itself is a wonderful testament to true love: it’s glossy smooth but has bumps. The scent is a heavenly mix of the woodsy and smoky chocolate flavors as well as a hint of rum. There’s no vanilla in this bar, it’s all chocolate and sugar. The melt on the tongue is smooth (the little domed piece fits really well in the roof of the mouth for maximum comfort during meltage).

It’s very buttery and has some nice dark notes to ... a little coffee but mostly just that quintissential chocolate flavor.

It’s an easy last minute gift for someone you care about ... already wrapped. They have a pretty large selection of bars, most are sold at Whole Foods, Cost Plus World Market and Target. Much better than a greeting card. They also have a limited edition Dark Chocolate with Cherries and Chilis that’s sold only at Whole Foods. I tried it at the Fancy Food Expo and though it was very interesting, the cherries weren’t really my friends. (But if you like cherries, it’s a worthy bar to give a try.)

Name: Strong Dark (70% Dark Chocolate)
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Chocolove
Place Purchased: gift (thanks Monica!)
Price: unknown
Size: 3.2 ounces
Calories per ounce: 157
Categories: Chocolate, United States, Kosher

POSTED BY Cybele AT 6:11 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

Comments
  1. I agree - this bar is quite nice, especially for the modest price.  I’ve had the Orange Peel (55%) and Crystalized Ginger (65%) versions, too.  In both, the added ‘theme’ ingredients add to, rather than overwhelm, the main event.

    Comment by MarkO on 2/14/07 at 7:26 am #
  2. i’ve seen them at world gourmet and they have a lot of flavors… i bought one once now i think i may have to go dig around for it… i think it was the cherry one? it wasn’t just the dark chocolate one it had a gold stamp on it

    Comment by Asmith2000 on 2/14/07 at 8:38 am #
  3. Today’s (Feb 14) “photo of the day” at National Geographic shows Godiva truffles being enrobed in choclate. It made me think of candyblog!

    http://lava.nationalgeographic.com/cgi-bin/pod/PhotoOfTheDay.cgi?month=02&day=14&year=07

    Comment by Tricia on 2/14/07 at 9:13 am #
  4. I LOVE Chocolove.  Of all the fancy bars, this (along with my beloved Endangered Species Black Rhino)has been a staple in my chocolate box for the past 2-3 years (as in, when I run out, I immediately buy another one).

    However, despite my endless “darker is better” proclamations, I prefer the red-wrapped 65% bar - or sometimes the Crystallized Ginger 65% bar, if I’m feeling saucy.

    I think these are much nicer than some of the super schmancy $8 bars such as Charles and Theo.

    Comment by Joanna on 2/14/07 at 9:21 am #
  5. I’m glad to hear this bar is good. I had tried their milk chocolate toffee bar and found it lacking.

    Comment by spit on 2/14/07 at 11:14 am #
  6. Hello, I was just curious to how much the bar was purchased for? My family and I own a gourmet grocery here in town and im always curious to see how our prices stack up tot other outlets as we try to offer our goods at prices so we sell more of them and they stay fresh through roation of product!

    We currently retail this, and our other chocolove bars for $2.99 american

    Comment by Omar on 2/15/07 at 2:36 pm #
  7. Cybele's avatar

    Omar - as I said in the review, it was gift and it would be gauche of me to ask. $2.99 sounds about right though.

    Spit - I haven’t tried any of their other bars yet. I was all chocolatted out at the Fancy Food Show.

    Joanna - the ginger is on my list now since this was a very nice dark bar.

    Tricia - very sexy shot. It’s my dream someday to see an enbrober in action.

    Asmith - did you eat it yet?

    MarkO - I’m a sucker for orange peel. I was just eating a Charles Chocolates hazelnut & orange peel the other night. Yum!

    Comment by Cybele on 2/15/07 at 2:46 pm #
  8. Omar:  I was just at the store (New Seasons Market in Portland, OR) and checked the price - they’re normally $2.49, but are on sale this week for the low, low price of $1.99!  Naturally, I had to buy one - I couldn’t afford NOT to. (I chose the crystallized ginger, by the way - I hadn’t had one in so, so long).

    Comment by joanna on 2/15/07 at 6:31 pm #
  9. I also tried the toffee and almond bar.  The chocolate tasted bland, almost waxy.  Not as bad as the Palmer’s Easter candy I avoided as a child, but I’d rather have a regular old Hershey bar.

    Comment by Ellie on 4/21/07 at 7:28 am #
  10. I have one of the chilies and cherries bar and I think it is delicious (but then I like cherries!). I was concerned about the chili but it is just enough to give it a little “bite” and not so much that it overwhelms the chocolate. I’d give it a solid 8 out of 10 if I had to rate it. I will have to look for some of the other varieties!

    Comment by Carrie on 6/28/07 at 12:20 pm #
  11. I just discovered the Chocolove line; they sell all the varieties you guys mentioned, plus a few more, at my local Nature’s Pantry health food store. Since I found these, I get one every time I go, but so far, I’ve only tried two kinds - the raspberry one, and the orange peel. They’re both great, considering I’m not a big fan of dark chocolate - their chocolate is really smooth compared to a lot of dark chocolate I’ve tried.

    I think the raspberry was my favorite - the little freeze-dried raspberry pieces were so fun and tart. And I LOVE the poems on the wrappers! I got one in an orange peel bar that said “Look out up on the stars, my love, And shame them with thine eyes…” Lovely. I think maybe the times when you need chocolate are sometimes also the times when you need a love poem. :*)

    Comment by Cattie on 11/09/08 at 3:56 pm #

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